Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Safety at Home

Throughout the year, our news briefs bring you information on safety at work. At this time of year, we provide you with information on keeping yourself and your family safe at home. Do you have a plan for your family if disaster strikes? If not, it's time to make one. This week's articles will provide helpful information toward that end.

The Red Cross cautions that you be as prepared as possible for disaster at home. (Item #1)   What's your family's plan for coping with disaster? (Item #2)   Violent weather is common; prepare your family to be safe during such events. (Item #3)

What should you tell children about disasters? (Item #4)   Here's some help to plan for and survive earthquake disasters. (Item #5)   After the disaster: what to do when you return home. (Item #6)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Testing/Exercising Your Business Continuity Plan

You may have a great plan, but until you test it you won't really know. Not only will exercising the plan let you know how well it works, it also will help your people build confidence and competence in using the plan. In this week's articles, you can find various methods of testing your plans as well as advice on digital testing for cyber plans.

How do you practice responding to an incident that can be caused by any number of different reasons, at any time, and may also result in different impacts occurring depending on its magnitude? (Item #1)   The types of tests we conduct and how we go about them can vary greatly. (Item #2)   So why do organizations continue to place training at the end of a long list of priorities?  (Item #3)

Why use the term "exercise" instead of "test?" (Item #4)   Integration of the various continuity plans, processes and procedures is an essential factor in providing evidence that the enterprise is prepared to weather any disruption. (Item #5)   With the increase of security incidents, organizations can practice regular ‘digital fire drills,' to be prepared for when the inevitable attack or breach does occur. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Winter Weather

The huge snowfall in Buffalo brought home only too well the fact that winter is upon us, and it’s time to make sure we are prepared for the potential disruptions of winter weather. A severe winter can lead to property damage, employee illness or injury, and possible business closures. You need to prepare to minimize any damage, plan for employee unavailability and enable your business to recover quickly after a winter storm disruption. This week’s articles should help you do that.

This checklist can help you determine your preparation level. (Item #1)   If telecommuting is part of your winter survival strategy, how effective is your remote access strategy? (Item #2)   Small businesses do have some unique needs in winter weather. (Item #3)

Severe weather habitually effects routine business operations and profitability. (Item #4)   Safety should be the first consideration in all of your planning. (Item #5)   When getting into the holiday spirit, make safety a priority. (Item #6)

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